Rui Hachimura, Wizards depart Washington for the season restart

Road to 2020 NBA playoffs gets easier for Nets with Bradley Beal out	
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Road to 2020 NBA playoffs gets easier for Nets with Bradley Beal out Credit Nathaniel S. Butler NBAE- Getty Images

The Wizards announced on Tuesday that the two-time All-Star guard will not participate in the NBA's resumption of the 2019-20 season due to a right rotator cuff injury.

The decision was taken after talks with Beal and Wizards orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih and the team's performance chief, Daniel Medina.

After another positive test yesterday and considering the symptoms, @BrooklynNets, team doctors and I have decided that it would be in the best interest for me and the team that I do not play in Orlando.

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In addition to Beal, the Wizards will also be without Davis Bertans, who announced he would sit out the restart.

Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won't take part in the restart of the National Basketball Association season, two significant absences in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"Although he was able to play through the majority of the season with the injury, the layoff from March until now did not leave any of us feeling comfortable he would have enough time to be ready to perform at the extremely high level we're all accustomed to seeing".

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The Wizards will have an uphill battle with or without their star players, down 5.5 games from the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. They need to be within at least four games of the eighth seed to force a play-in tournament to get into the playoffs.

Beal originally suffered the injury in November, but it he still managed to average a career-high 30.5 points per game.

Beal becomes the second player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 30 points in a season where he was not an All-Star.

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Beal was also averaging 4.2 rebounds and a career-best 6.1 assists.

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